Wednesday, Feb. 11
PLAN A: The Appleseed Cast @ The Casbah. The website All Music Guide has called The Appleseed Cast “America's closest answer to Radiohead.” Actually, they're more like a Lawrence, Kan., version of San Diego's own Tristeza—if that band had vocals. PLAN B: Charles McPherson @ Anthology. McPherson is a 69-year-old saxophonist who worked with Charles Mingus for years and has called San Diego home for three decades. The man is sheer class. BACKUP PLAN: Lisa Hannigan, Gavin Glass @ House of Blues.
Thursday, Feb. 12
PLAN A: Don Caballero, dd/mm/yyyy @ The Casbah. Don Cab drummer Damon Che must have an extra limb extending from his torso. Guy has more rhythmic talent than he knows what to do with and, according to indie legend, an ego to match. PLAN B: Levator, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar. Seattle's Levator are rocking so much Cocteau Twins in the tour van that they seem to have decoded Liz Fraser's elfin ramblings and translated them into English. BACKUP PLAN: Screamin' Yeehaws, Bexar County Bastards, Dirty Callahans, Ramblin' Outlaw @ Radio Room.
Friday, Feb. 13
PLAN A: The Dogs, Wild Weekend, Vaginals, The Anasazis @ The Casbah. Early '70s drop-outs The Dogs are kicking ass and taking names once again. Straight outta the Motor City, The Dogs come from the same cesspool as original kick-out-the-jams motherfuckers MC5 and The Stooges. PLAN B: Deadbolt, Northern Towns @ Ken Club. If you miss Lux Interior already, fill that gaping void in your blackened heart with Deadbolt's reverb-drenched tales of horror. And make sure to catch Northern Towns, whose updated take on British mod-punk will induce heavy Guinness binges. PLAN C: Cattle Decapitation, Psyopus, Gigan, Book of Black Earth, @ Jumping Turtle. Psyopus may be opening this show, but make no mistake—the dissonant New York tech-metal foursome is one of the most frighteningly original bands in the country. You shall bow to their brain-scrambling shrieks of fury.
Saturday, Feb. 14
PLAN A: The Hexxers, The Atomic 3 @ Beauty Bar. They're called “rockabilly,” but The Hexxers are really more an amalgam of R&B, garage punk and surf. Think Mick Collins songs with Dick Dale on guitar and you're pretty close. PLAN B: Kill Me Tomorrow, Crocodiles, Booty Bassment DJs @ The Casbah. Recent Fat Possum signees Crocodiles are back in town after their national tour. Like a nihilistic Stone Roses playing over a drum machine, their mechanical pop should strike a chord with hipster romantics. BACKUP PLAN: Si, Claro @ Soda Bar.
Sunday, Feb. 15
PLAN A: Andrew Bird @ SOMA. The former Squirrel Nut Zippers violinist does lilting, beautiful pop music the way it's supposed to be done, complete with generous portions of whistling. PLAN B: Yo! Majesty, Natalie “The Floecist” Stewart, MC Flow @ The Casbah (10:30 p.m.). Yo! Majesty is probably the first lesbian duo in hip-hop. You could call it a gimmick if Jwl B and Shunda K didn't have crowds soaking wet by the end of every performance. Next step is the homo-thug hip-hop revolution. It's coming, I swear. PLAN C: The Street of Little Girls, Bobby Fantasy, The Dabbers @ Ruby Room. Kill Me Tomorrow ringleader Zack Wentz and former BRAAIINS! bassist Shelby Gubba team up as The Dabbers, and their early performances have revealed a slower, art-damaged version of extinct rockers Death From Above 1979. BACKUP PLAN: “Magic 92.5 Valentine's Love Jam” w/ Atlantic Star, Heatwave, The Delfonics, Peaches and Herb, more @ Cox Arena.
Monday, Feb. 16
PLAN A: Get Back Loretta, Inspired Flight, Illuminauts @ The Casbah. Too eclectic for straight-up boom-bap and too organic for the electro tag, Illuminauts' drippy, disorienting soundscapes signal loads of mind-expanding promise. PLAN B: Donavon Frankenreiter, Gary Jules @ Belly Up Tavern. Frankenreiter is best known as a facial-hair-farming pro surfer-turned-musician, à la Jack Johnson. Jules is best known for his cover of Tears for Fears' “Mad World.” Both circumstances are unfortunate, but in Jules' case, it's because he's actually one of the purest songwriting talents in L.A. BACKUP PLAN: The Blokes @ Hensley's Flying Elephant.
Tuesday, Feb. 17
PLAN A: Gil Mantera's Party Dream @ The Casbah. Take a drive in GMPD's cherry-red 1987 Ferrari Testarossa to a land where tanned babes in thong bikinis serve Pina Coladas by the pool while you listen to New Order and Billy Ocean. Or as Billy O. put it, “Get out of my (party) dreams, get into my car.” BACKUP PLAN: “Pressure Drop” w/ DJs Jeff Graves, Skarina @ Radio Room.